Boating Accidents in Florida

by Bonner Law | Aug 14, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

With its year-round warm weather, Florida is one of the most popular places for boating in the country.  Unfortunately, Florida also has a higher amount of boating accidents per year than any other state in the United States. Boating accidents are often caused by inexperienced or careless operators driving their boat too fast for the conditions, not maintaining a proper lookout or operating their boat while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Florida there is no minimum age to operate a boat.[1]  Section 327.395(1), Florida Statutes, provides that anyone born after January 1, 1988, must have...

read more

Strokes

by Bonner Law | Aug 05, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Unfortunately, strokes are rather common.  While certain risk factors can make people more likely to have strokes, a stroke can happen to anyone at any age.  There are three main types of strokes: Ischemic Stroke Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke.  According to the CDC, 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes.[1]  An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the brain is blocked.  The blockage reduces the blood flow and oxygen to the brain, leading to brain damage.[2]  The main cause of an ischemic stroke is fatty deposits lining the walls of the blood...

read more

Retained Foreign Objects – Medical Negligence

by Bonner Law | Aug 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A retained foreign object is a surgical instrument that is accidentally left inside of the patient’s body during surgery.  These can include surgical instruments such as forceps or scalpels, clamps, needles, screws, sponges or anything else used by the surgeon during surgery. Before and after the surgical procedure, it is the Standard of Care for the surgeon and the Hospital Operating Room Nursing Staff to carefully count all of the instruments and other items to ensure that nothing was left inside the patient during the surgery.  These counts must be documented in the Hospital Chart.  When a surgeon is finishing...

read more

Jaundice in Newborns

by Bonner Law | Jul 14, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Jaundice is a common condition in newborns where the baby’s skin and the white part of their eyes appear yellow. For some babies, Jaundice will go away on its own; but for other babies, treatment is necessary and without treatment there could be serious health consequences. Jaundice is caused by a surplus of Bilirubin in the blood.  Bilirubin is waste created by fetal red blood cells breaking down after birth.  Bilirubin is usually filtered out by the liver but because newborns have a greater amount of red blood cells and their livers are not yet fully developed, the excess Bilirubin...

read more

Common Birth Injuries

by Bonner Law | Jun 24, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A birth injury is an injury that occurs during labor and delivery.  These injuries can be caused by oxygen deprivation or trauma. The consequences of birth related injuries are often catastrophic and can affect the parents and the child profoundly for the rest of their lives.  Although rare, birthrelated injuries can be caused by a healthcare provider’s failure to provide adequate care to the mother and baby during the pregnancy or during the labor and delivery. Common types of birth injuries include: Brachial Plexus Injury:  This is an injury to a set of nerves in the shoulder and neck that...

read more

Pulmonary Embolism

by Bonner Law | Jun 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A Pulmonary Embolism occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lung becomes blocked by a blood clot.[i] A common cause of pulmonary embolisms is deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein in another part of the body, usually the leg, breaks free and then moves through the bloodstream to the lungs.[ii]  If a clot develops in the vein and it stays there, it is called a thrombus.  If the clot detaches from the wall of the vein and travels to another part of the body, it is called...

read more